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A Monastery in TimeThe Making of Mongolian Buddhism$
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Caroline Humphrey and Hurelbaatar Ujeed

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226031873

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226032061.001.0001

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Mergen Gegen and the Arts of Language

Mergen Gegen and the Arts of Language

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(p.65) Two Mergen Gegen and the Arts of Language
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A Monastery in Time
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Caroline Humphrey

Hürelbaatar Ujeed

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226032061.003.0003

This chapter discusses how Mergen Gegen laid the groundwork for a new subjectivity among his followers, a groundwork of both aesthetic and political dimensions. Mergen Gegen is credited not only with composing the supremely artistic form of the Mongolian liturgy, but also with a range of other abilities and accomplishments, including being able to see with his “third eye,” magical feats, establishing the “order of services and rules of monks” conduct, introducing wonderful objects of worship, and moral instruction for the laity.

Keywords:   Mergen Monastery, lamas, Buddhist monks

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